Name this book? (70s/80s downbeat biowarfare thriller)

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  1. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    Trying to remember the name / author of a thriller I read a very long time ago.

    It was a thriller about a deadly lab-created toxin or virus that midway through the book, after much drama, is finally released. *Spoiler: everyone dies*

    One key strand in the book followed the people on an airplane (jumbo jet?) who gradually realise mid-atlantic (towards the end of the book) that they are the last people left alive. I think they alter course to one of the poles, but the virus / toxin is spreading to the poles too...

    Any clues? It may have been called something like the Devil's Alternative or the Satan Bug - I have checked these but they are different. I've also looked up authors like Arthur Hailey or Alistair MacLean and I don't think it's them.

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    Sounds like every zombie movie, game and tv show created. Sorry I have no clue.
     
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    There is his novel The Stand but IIRC there is no plane or anything, all the action takes place in the US. It might be another one, though.
     
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    The closest thing it reminds me of is 'The Andromeda Strain' by Crichton but it was published in 1969.
     
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    The whole airplane-everyone-else-on-ground-dead thing sounds like The Langoliers.
     
  7. jeremy h, Sep 11, 2012
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    OP - I see you're in the UK - so do you remember the BBC 'Survivors' from the 70's. Wow that was good... Used to scare me to death. Sounds like the book was a similar sort of deal.

    The plot you describe is different but Terry Nation wrote a book based on the series back then.
     
  8. RedTomato thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for all your guesses - I've been checking them out.

    The Andromeda strain / The Langoliers - Sorry no extraterrestrials or time rips in the book that I read.

    Zombies - no, there weren't all that many zombie novels / films / games in the 70s apart from HP Lovecraft and the Living Dead series :)

    I;ve looked at Stephen Kind and Michael Crichton bibliographies and nada there. Thanks for the guesses.

    Basically it was a pretty straight airport thriller style book, without any scifi elements apart from a world destroying human-created virus.
     
  9. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    I don't recall any planes blowing up in that book. Nor any references to the North/South Poles. I do recall that the found the cure by accident *spoiler* A crying baby was the sole survivor. It turned out his constant crying changed the pH of his blood so the virus couldn't survive. *spoiler* Now I feel the urge to reread that book.
     
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    Yeah, 'TAS' was just the closest thing I could think of.
     

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